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 By Nick Thomas    Columns    May 1, 2022 

Bill and Susan Hayes are still having the time of their lives on 'Days of Our Lives'

Actors Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth were married in 1974. Or was it 1976? Actually, it was both! The pair tied the knot when their "Days of Our Lives" characters (Doug and Julie) married two years...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    April 1, 2022

Western script enticed Don Murray back to the big screen

Joe Cornet never initially considered now 92-year-old Don Murray for a role in his 2021 western film "Promise." "I wanted an iconic actor for one of the roles and approached two other veteran western...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    March 1, 2022

Hollywood journey rewarding, challenging for Sharon Gless

Not even a youthful warning from her grandfather, a powerful entertainment attorney during the Golden Age of film, could prevent Sharon Gless from attempting the journey to Hollywood. Neil S....

 

Lana Wood still questions sister Natalie's death

The movie world was shocked when the body of 43-year-old Natalie Wood was found floating lifeless in the ocean off Catalina Island on the morning of Nov. 29, 1981. Forty years later, sister Lana...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    January 1, 2022

Ring in the New Year with some Marx Brothers

It's a personal resolution I observe every January: celebrating the New Year with duck soup, animal crackers and, of course, the cocoanuts. No, it's not some strange private culinary ritual. It's a...

 

Claude Jarman Jr. recalls family classic, "The Yearling"

Premiering in Los Angeles a few days before Christmas 75 years ago this year, "The Yearling" depicted the post-Civil War Baxter family struggling to survive in the backwoods of Florida....

 

Plenty of advice from (and to) Susan Sullivan

Best known for her extensive television career that includes starring roles in shows such as "Falcon Crest," "Castle" and "Dharma and Greg," Susan Sullivan is always keen to offer advice to others and...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    October 1, 2021

Mumy and Cartwright launch new 'Lost in Space' book

If you were a child growing up during the 1960s and a fan of sci-fi television of the day, the nostalgic value of shows like "Lost in Space" can't be overstated. Cast members Bill Mumy and Angela...

 

Claudia Wells went 'Back to the Future'

When the Los Angeles Hollywood Museum reopened in August, having closed its doors to the public during much of the pandemic, Claudia Wells was one of many guests invited to celebrate the event that...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    August 1, 2021

A tale of two Maldens - Carla and Karl

Carla Malden credits her father, actor Karl Malden, for sowing the seeds of her writing career – first as a screenwriter then an author. "He used me and my sister to cue him quite often when he was...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    July 1, 2021

Family favorite 'Matilda' turns 25

When British author Roald Dahl's beloved 1988 novel "Matilda" was transformed into a fantasy comedy movie a decade later, the film became hugely popular. It remains an enjoyable family movie to watch...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    June 1, 2021

Turning 80, Hollywood beauty Diane McBain tackles new career

According to Diane McBain who turned 80 in May, it's never too late to begin a new chapter in your life. Along with co-author Michael Gregg Michaud, the 60s glamour gal published her autobiography...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    May 1, 2021

Ruta Lee put the 'pro' in professional

While some entertainers are renowned for their personal and professional demands while working, Ruta Lee never aspired to be a diva. Acting nonstop in film, TV and theater since the early 1950s, she...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    April 1, 2021

Paul 'Crocodile Dundee' Hogan is back – sort of

It's been 35 years since Paul Hogan unleashed the iconic character of rugged reptile-wrestling Mick Dundee onto the world in the 80s hit film "Crocodile Dundee" and two sequels. Hogan returned last...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    March 1, 2021

'TV Therapy' for classic television stars

Back in 2019, actor/writer/producer Terry Ray convinced Erin Murphy – best known for playing baby Tabitha in "Bewitched" – to reprise her role in a short five-minute web skit in which her...

 

Bumpy road led Hank Garrett to 'Car 54' and beyond

Raised in a rough Harlem neighborhood in the 40s and 50s, childhood proved challenging for Hank Garrett. "We lived in the slums and I'd walk into the kitchen in the mornings to find the floor covered...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    January 1, 2021

Jacqueline Bisset's sizzling Hollywood career

Now in her seventh decade as a film actress, British beauty Jacqueline Bisset first hit the big screen in the mid-1960s and was soon on her way to becoming a household name after dramatic roles later...

 

Neil Sedaka still singing through the pandemic

Many performers have recorded videos of encouragement for fans throughout the COVID-19 pandemic months. But few, if any, have been as prolific as Neil Sedaka. With more than 150 mini-concerts posted s...

 

Daughter recalls Thanksgiving with Natalie Wood

With the holidays approaching, seasonal movie favorites will soon be inching their way into television schedules. While considered perennial Christmas entertainment fare, the opening scenes of "Mirac...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    October 1, 2020

'Night of the Living Dead' still lives for Judith O'Dea

When Halloween returns each October, so do the 50-year-old memories for actress Judith O'Dea who starred as Barbra in the 1968 horror classic "Night of the Living Dead" as one of several characters...

 

Olivia de Havilland (1916-2020) – the end of an era

It's a sobering thought for fans of classic film. The passing of Olivia de Havilland in late July, just three weeks after her 104th birthday July 1, represents the loss of the last surviving big-scree...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    August 1, 2020

'Tinker Bell' ties the knot at 90

What could convince a 90-year-old actress – once a model for Disney animators creating the Tinker Bell character of 1953's "Peter Pan" – to abandon her West Coast home of nine decades and fly off...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    July 1, 2020

Fran Drescher and "The Nanny" reunion

Reassembling a dozen cast members from a popular 90s TV sitcom could pose a challenge for any network, much less an individual. But it was a task Fran Drescher relished. As the nasal-voiced star of th...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    June 1, 2020

Kelly Stewart remembers dad, Jimmy Stewart

If you don't think Jimmy Stewart put the classic in 'classic movies,' consider these titles in which he starred: "It's a Wonderful Life," "The Philadelphia Story," "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,"...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    May 1, 2020

Paul Petersen remembers TV mom, Donna Reed

While most of us will be remembering mothers on May 10 this year, entertainers who worked as child actors in television sitcoms may also have special memories of their 'TV mom.' For Paul Petersen,...

 

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